Race/Ethnicity, Religiosity and Differences and Similarities in American Adolescents’ Substance Use

The purpose of the present study was to determine the extent to which religiosity “protects” young people of color from substance use, as past research suggests that it protects white youth. Consistent with the findings of previous research, based on predominantly white samples, we found statistically and substantively significant inverse relationships between measures of religiosity and substance use for African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Other Latin American, Asian American, and Native American young people.